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Anolog139

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So recently I was offered a friends lawn care business. He is wanting to sell all his accounts and his equipment. I'd be suprised if anyone here could help me but I figured I'd give it a shot. It would be a second business as I would keep my carpet / window cleaning company. The thing I like about the lawn care business is super low entry costs, and its consistent revenue. Each week you have repeat business. Carpet cleaning can be like that for commercial work but not residential. Competition is another concern but my thought on competition is if you have competition it means there's a market for the service. I also am very confident in my marketing skills. So what's your thoughts on lawn care? It's something you can add many other services to like landscaping, gutter cleaning, snow plowing , spring / fall clean ups. Etc.
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I did lawns for a while. I liked being outside and working. I liked the fact it's easy and quick. The only drawback was the lawn season was when my cleaning season were the same. Cleaning was much more profitable so I gave it up. Now buying an existing company is interesting because you could probably convert some clientele to window and carpet cleaning. Either way I doubt you could go wrong.
 

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Great Minds think alike Rob!
Yeah Dave but your beating me to the punch lately. Going to have to brush up on my speed skills. :D
 

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Sounds like you are going in 50 different directions.

I was the same way in my 20's and it was a mistake, didn't start to make good money until i focused more.
Keep it simple and repeat.
 

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There are more landscapers out there , then carpet cleaning companies I notice here... Yes if your young and hard working you could make it work.. But winter months it maybe bad if there's no big snow to plow... Some I know gave up because of all the competition and price cutters out there.. Then get no snow winter's lately could be downfall..
 

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So recently I was offered a friends lawn care business. He is wanting to sell all his accounts and his equipment. I'd be suprised if anyone here could help me but I figured I'd give it a shot. It would be a second business as I would keep my carpet / window cleaning company. The thing I like about the lawn care business is super low entry costs, and its consistent revenue. Each week you have repeat business. Carpet cleaning can be like that for commercial work but not residential. Competition is another concern but my thought on competition is if you have competition it means there's a market for the service. I also am very confident in my marketing skills. So what's your thoughts on lawn care? It's something you can add many other services to like landscaping, gutter cleaning, snow plowing , spring / fall clean ups. Etc.
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Excuse the term, but.... No grass grows under your feet :)
 

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Go for it only if you can have someone do it for you and you have some profit left, now unless you can fo landscaping + three trimming and bush trimming you will not be making big money - all the lawn guys well most cut the grass only b/c it gets their feet in the door for all the other good stuff.
Now my landscaper cuts my grass for $35 a week wich is a joke (for the time spent not bad considering they do both my property and next door neighbor but look how many jobs you need a day!!!) Here is where the good come to him - he will be cuting down 5 trees for me for $2200 and thats a decent deal for me but this deal is because its at the end of season or off season.

By the way lawnmovers are not exactly cheap figure for residential $5k-$7k each and thats good stuff that 99% landscapers use but not going crazy here.
 

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Come to think of it they make money on everything but moving the grass lol. Spring clean ups, fall clean ups, fertilizer, aerating (think thats the wordlol), god forbid another sandy storm - they were robbing people on tree removal and I mean it to try 10 -20k for removal of handfull of trees down !!!
 

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Matt I think your problem is your new so your business isn't running full steam so you are grasping for anything that might look like money to you..

I kinda did it myself at first in 2008 but I had to buckle down and just focus on my main business and the half a dozen services I offer that are mostly connected.

Lawn care will just run you down the wrong road. Pass it up.
 

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So Right Jay..Think we all ventured down that road in the beginning and consequently lost FOCUS! If it's a TEMPORARY means to an end he should do it..but NOT lose site of what the real deal is all about.
 

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So true we all venture out and then learn from it, I opened a cellphone store like 7 years ago and what a money pit that was but I did learn that I never want to sell anything ever again in retail like that... I decided cleaning is what I/we r good at and thats who we are so everything cleaning and maintainance related is ok to diversify to and thats where all the focus is right now. Find what your good at and focus on it to get bigger and better at it.
 

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I was thinking like that years ago but I actually make more money fine-tuning and tunnel vision on carpet, upholstery, tile/stone care. I did offer windows back in the day and considered adding wood floors, etc. But in the end we make more money doing those three services and become perfectionists at them.



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I would add mowing a few wands to my business if I was needing the work. But I would still keep my eye on my original goal...CARPET CLEANING.

The reward of being successful at carpet cleaning is much better than mowing lawns.
 

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I did it for 5 years . I did chimney cleaning in the winter. Like Rob said, both businesses are busy in the summer months. I found that I can make 3 times more cleaning carpet than mowing grass and I'm not as worn out from the heat at the end of the day. The heat and humidity are tough here in N.C. I would stick to carpet cleaning and may be just do a few yards if you need the cash while growing your carpet business.
 

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It's hard deciding what type of business you want to throw your life into. For me, I have no cleaning background before I started. So im just learning everything as I go which is a bit nerve racking. Messing up someones carpet is a lot bigger deal than mowing a yard wrong. I do think there is more money per hour in carpet cleaning no doubt. My only thought about lawn care is mowing is only the tool to get the foot in the door. If you can do landscaping, theres plenty of potential to make 100 bucks an hour. Thats the only reason im really considering it
 

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Low cost? Aren't those Ferris machines like $10-13k? Plus trailer and truck to tow it with...

I always wanted to do this myself to pair with our janitorial since we there on commercial accounts anyway, but too much to manage. Plus like Roman said, I don't pay my lawn guy very much per cut either. Like $20 for 50x170'.

I think snow plowing is where it's at. I've seen some bills from those guys and it's like $200-400 hour.